Reservoir Fishing Access Project

In 2014 the State Government committed to investigate the potential for recreational fishing access at up to five offline SA Water reservoirs to improve recreational fishing opportunities in South Australia.

The initial investigation included the Warren, Bundaleer, Baroota, Tod and Hindmarsh Valley reservoirs. Beetaloo Reservoir and Aroona Dam are currently being investigated.

The State Government established a Reservoir Recreational Fishing Taskforce to oversee the project and allocated $400,000 for minor infrastructure to support recreational fishing access around the reservoirs.

The project will help boost recreational fishing opportunities for South Australia’s 277,000 fishers, particularly in the state’s regional communities.   

Reservoir status

Warren Reservoir

Now open with a permit from Recfish SA – which is available at Infrastructure upgrades and road works along Warren Road are underway to increase recreational fishing access including from the shore and kayaks. Increased recreational fishing access is expected to be completed by mid-December 2017. 

Bundaleer Reservoir

Bundaleer Reservoir opened on Monday 16 October 2017 for shore-based recreational fishing for the first time.  New facilities include a car parking, toilet, signage, access gate and safety fencing. Access is off Goyder Highway onto Boundary Track with parking at Gate 4. Access to Bundaleer Reservoir is only available for recreational fishing and a permit is required from Recfish SA at

Tod Reservoir

Expected to open soon following the completion of a SA Water’s dam safety upgrade.  

Beetaloo Reservoir and Aroona Dam

Shore-based recreational fishing is currently being investigated. A six week consultation with the local community to fully understand the potential of these reservoirs as recreational fishing destinations has closed. The Minister will now consider the feedback from the community. Thank you to those that participated within the consultation process.

Baroota and Hindmarsh Valley Reservoirs

Have not received full community support, therefore access will not be granted at this time. 

For further information, contact the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Project Coordinator Gary Frost on (08) 8124 4872, or email